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PEO EIS Steps into the Future of SATCOM with MET IOC Dedication and Ribbon-Cutting

By Paul L. Tremblay, PM DCATS Public Affairs

Fixed 12.2-meter Modernization of Enterprise Terminals (MET) antenna reflector assembly at Fort Belvoir, Va.
Fixed 12.2-meter Modernization of Enterprise Terminals (MET) antenna reflector assembly at Fort Belvoir, Va.

Fort Belvoir, Va., June 19, 2014 – Mr. Douglas Wiltsie, Program Executive Officer Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS), will host a ceremony on July 17 at Fort Belvoir, Va., to recognize the achievement of Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for the Modernization of Enterprise Terminals (MET) installation.

The MET program is administered by the Product Manager, Wideband Enterprise Satellite Systems (PdM WESS), which falls within the Project Manager, Defense Communications and Army Transmission Systems’ (PM DCATS) portfolio of products. The program is replacing aging, bandwidth-limited infrastructure with state-of-the-art satellite communications (SATCOM) terminals that can leverage the vastly increased data throughput capabilities of the Department of Defense (DOD) constellation of Ka-band Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellites that began launching in 2007. Simultaneously, MET systems can communicate with legacy military X-band Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) satellites and with commercial satellites, if necessary.

The Belvoir MET installation is comprised of a fixed 12.2-meter antenna reflector assembly and associated SATCOM equipment, including control, monitor and alarm; performance measurement and testing; frequency and time standard; and transmit and receive subsystems. The installation also is hardened to protect against interference produced by High-Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse (HEMP) threats such as low-yield nuclear explosions.

Across the globe, in addition to the hardened 12.2-meter terminal installations at Ft. Belvoir and underway elsewhere, PdM WESS is fielding non-hardened 12.2-meter terminals, both HEMP and non-HEMP 7.2-meter transportable variations, and a fixed 4.8-meter antenna variant for locations with lower throughput requirements. Each variant is built using a modular design intended to reduce both acquisition and maintenance costs over the full life cycle.

The MET IOC dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony will be followed by optional tours of the new terminal. The event will occur adjacent to the 596th Signal Company’s earth terminal facility at 8575 John J. Kingman Road, Building 2310, Fort Belvoir, Va., 22060. Mr. Wiltsie will host the event in partnership with COL Clyde E. Richards, Jr., PM DCATS, and LTC Samuel Ancira, PdM WESS.

Mr. Wiltsie, COL Richards and LTC Ancira will speak at the event, and BG John B. Morrison, Jr., Commander, Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM), has been invited to provide remarks. Other invited dignitaries include U.S. Representative Jim Moran (D-VA); U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA); U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA); LTG Robert Ferrell, Army Chief Information Officer (CIO/G6); LTG David Mann, Commander, Army Forces Strategic Command (ARSTRAT); and LTG Michael Williamson, Principal Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army, Acquisition, Logistics and Technology [ASA(ALT)].

“Together, MET and WGS are finally putting us ahead of the DOD’s increasing demand for data, voice and video throughput,” says LTC Ancira. “It’s moving us past our reliance on hard to maintain, limited throughput legacy equipment, and our increasing dependence on commercial satellites -- which are also expensive to use, and which are not standardized, not interoperable, and often times not even secure.”

Posted June 24, 2014